Visual Arts Exhibit Featured at Spartanburg Fringe Arts Festival

Out of the Box

Visual Arts Exhibit Featured at Spartanburg Fringe Arts Festival

As an added attraction to Spartanburg Fringe Arts Festival, more than a dozen regional artists are showcasing their unusual creative works in the exhibit Out of the Box. Through June 29, the exhibit is open for free public viewing Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at West Main Artists Co-op, ground zero for the Festival that is giving voice and recognition to creativity and independent artists. The Festival runs all month-long in June and has more than 30 events.

“We started the Festival with mostly performance art in mind,” Director and Founder Sandy Staggs said. “In keeping with our mission to showcase the unusual, odd, strange, and creatively challenging, we sent out a call-for-artists to submit visual art to see what kind of response we would get and we got dozens of inquiries.”

The artists from far and wide are Elizabeth Nason, Kimberly Case, Bunnie, Frankie Wolfe, Darrell Wilson, Thomas Tipton, Ivan Segura, Meredith Stoudenmire, Steve Garner, Mary Margaret Jones, Carlos Bulnes, Cam Porter, Steven White, Tekschər, Gail Baillargeon, Darrell Wilson, and Ginny Merett.

“This is an open exhibit, meaning almost anyone was welcome to submit work,” Staggs said. “However, we did set a blanket standard of acceptance, looking for quality work that is not patently offensive. All of the pictures and sculptures have merit, but you may have to open your mind to some different ideas.”

Throughout the month, the Festival is hosting dozens of events and performances, most of which are in the evening, when the exhibit is also open for viewing. The Festival events include both nationally recognized and up-and-coming writers, playwrights, directors, actors, filmmakers, comics, thought-leaders, and bands. Headliners include Del Shores, writer/director/producer renown for such plays as Southern Baptist Sissies and Sordid Lives; and the Rev. Jim Dant, author and thought-leader on the issues of Christianity and LGBTQ lifestyles.

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